A Belgian Deportees Cross. The bronze Maltese cross has a ring suspension"1914" and "1918" are marked on the horizontal arms. The obverse and reverse are the same. The crimson ribbon attached to the cross features narrow chevron stripes of red, yellow and black.
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This Deportees Cross ( Croix des Deportes ) was gifted to Taranaki Museum as part of the collection of south Taranaki lawyer John Houston. The crosses were awarded to those who were deported to Germany from Belgium after refusing to submit to the forced labour regime of the times.
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